West Wales War Memorial Project
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Ammanford (Ysgol Dyffryn Aman) Memorial

Ysgol Dyffryn Aman is located at Margaret Street, Ammanford, and is the successor of the old Amman Valley County School. The school was opened in 1914, just prior to the outbreak of the Great War, and in its first year was attended by just 157 pupils. Despite their youth, twenty five former pupils of the original County School served in the forces during the war, one of whom lost his life, so soon after the end of hostilities the school saw fit to erect a marble war memorial in order to commemorate the service of these young men. This memorial is now located inside Ysgol Dyffryn Aman. The photograph of the memorial was kindly supplied by Rachel Evans, a teacher in the school, who has recently carried out a research project alongside some of her pupils.

 

TO THE MEMORY OF

WILLIAM EWART THOMAS

WHO FELL IN ACTION SOUTH EAST

OF ARRAS ON AUGUST 28TH 1918

 

AND IN HONOUR OF

 

GRIFFITH J. BEYNON                             CECIL LEONARD

ALUN BOWEN                                       KENNETH LLOYD

MEURIG BOWEN                   BRINLEY MORGAN

ANEURIN DANIEL                  TUDOR LL. MORGAN

W. BRINLEY DAVIES                              SYLVANOG ROSSER

DEWI EDWARDS                   IDRIS REES

JOHN MORGAN EDWARDS FRED THOMAS

CAREY EDWARDS                 W. ELIAS THOMAS

SAMUEL HICKS                                      GRIFFITH THOMAS

THOMAS JOHN JONES                         D. AMMAN WILLIAMS

TEDDY JONES                                         W. MORGAN WILLIAMS

TUDOR JONES                                       RUSSELL WILLIAMS

 

FORMER PUPILS

OF THIS SCHOOL WHO SERVED

IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

“They went with songs to the battle.

They were young.”

 

William Ewart Thomas, Private, 94324, Kings Liverpool Regiment. William was the son of John and Annie Thomas, of Amman Stores, Ammanford. He enlisted at Llandeilo into the 9th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment, which was a service, or war time only, battalion, attached to 172 Brigade, 57th (2nd West Lancs) Division. The Division moved to France during February 1917, and moved to positions near Ypres, where it took part in the Second Battle of Passchendaele. In 1918 they took part in the 1918 Battle of the Scarpe, and at the Battle of Drocourt-Queant. William was killed in action near Arras on 28 August 1918, aged only nineteen. He has no known grave, and so is commemorated on the Vis-En-Artois Memorial, France.

There is a varied amount of information available for the men who served and survived the war. I have left the research on these men to the pupils at Ysgol Dyffryn Aman who have recently published their findings.

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Website News

4 May 2017. Welcome news this morning that a new CWGC headstone has been erected in Laugharne for Domingo Mobile, a sailor who I found to be buried there a couple of years ago. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

8 March 2017. Some more good news today. Another un-commemorated Welsh sailor, Samuel Arthur Griffiths, of Tredegar, has today been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

8 February 2017. Some more good news today. Another un-commemorated soldier, Llewelyn Owen Roberts, of Penmaenmawr, has today been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

 

7 February 2017. Some more good news today. Another un-commemorated soldier, Isaac Owen, of Seven Sisters, has today been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC as a result of my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

20 December 2016. Some good news today that another uncommemorated soldier, Private Thomas Owen Davies, of Machynlleth, has been accepted for commemoration by the CWGC following my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for further details.

30 November 2016. At long last my latest book has been published: Welsh Yeomanry at War. Please see the Steve’s Books page of the website for details.

23 November 2016. Some good news today with the acceptance of another Welsh soldier, Percy Griffin Williams, of the Welsh Horse Yeomanry, for commemoration by the CWGC following my research. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for details.

 

15 November 2016. I would like to thank the people of Laugharne, especially the members of the Laugharne and District Historical Society, for their welcome during their recent History Event on Saturday when I visited to make a talk about how researching the Laugharne War Memorial inspired me to create this website and to begin my writing career. It was a very interesting day and was well attended by the locals.

26 Sep 2016. After a lot of hard work I have finally managed to identify a soldier from Gwaun-cae-Gurwen, Morgan Price James, who since the early 1920’s has been commemorated by the CWGC under the wrong name, James Morgan. Please see the Forgotten Soldiers section of the website for details.

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